Thursday, April 10, 2014

School note April 10th.

Dear parents,

                     We’ve had a busy time in Ballybrown NS as the term draws to a close. On Monday, writer Danielle Allison visited the school as part of the Writer in Schools scheme. Danielle travelled from Athlone and entertained the children in Junioe Infants, Senior Infants and First classes with her storytelling talents. It was a very worthwhile experience.

                 Yesterday, the pupils in both Sixth Classes travelled to the ESB station in Ardnacrusha. They really enjoyed what was a most interesting visit. Tomorrow, Fifth Class are guests of Shannon Foynes Port Company. The trip will include a visit to the Maritime Museum, a tour of the port and a visit to the Oil Spill Response Warehouse. My thanks to Evelyn Adams, who organised the entire event. We are very lucky to receive such an invitation.

                   Today, the children in Ms Day’s Class staged three performances of ‘Blunderland.’ I have seen the effort that has gone into this and cannot speak highly enough of everybody who has been involved. Experiences such as this live forever in a child’s memory and are a treasured part of their schooldays.

                  This week in the City Cumann na mBunscol leagues,  Ballybrown NS defeated Milford NS in  hurling.

                    As we reach the end of another school term, please ensure that you inform the school of the reason for any absences. Notes were provided for this purpose at the beginning of the school year. The school has a statutory obligation to make a report to the National Education Welfare Board in the case of every child who is absent for twenty days or more in any school year. It is vital that you furnish the school with a reason for any absences.

              Please note that school closes for Easter tomorrow, Friday April 11th. at 12.30 p.m. Please collect children promptly.

                School will be closed on Friday May 23rd as the school is used as a polling station for the local elections.

Parents Association news: The Parents Association is organising a recycling day in the second week of next term. We don't have a date confirmed yet but if anyone is spring cleaning over the Easter holidays then please keep all the clothes ready for our next collection.

              Finally, I wish to extend my sympathy to Mrs Hodgins on the death of her mother, who passed away last night. May she rest in peace.


Gach dea ghuí,










Friday, April 4, 2014

Primary Schools GAA

Olo Cup Hurling Under 13

Ballybrown NS v Milford NS will take place in Clarina on Tuesday April 8th at 2.15 p.m. 

Ballybrown NS camogie team off to a winning start

Ballybrown NS camogie news

On Tuesday Ballybrown N.S played Gael Scoil Castletroy in a camogie match. Ballybrown won by four goals and two points to zero goals and zero points. In the first half, which was fifteen minutes long, Jade Gillane scored two goals and Clìona Hall scored one goal. In the second half of the game Jade scored another goal, Clìona scored a point and Jade scored a point. Everyone had great interest in the game in the game and everyone had fun!

 By Sophie Nolan, Sixth class


On the 1st of April 2014, the Ballybrown girls played their first match of the season. The girls had a phenomenal game. Each half was 15 minutes long. The opposition Gaeilscoil played a great game too. In the first half Jade Gillane scored two goals and Cliona Hall scored one goal. In the second half, Jade also scored a goal and one point and Cliona scored one point. After 30 minutes of the game the final score was 4 goals 2 points to 0 goals 0 points. Well done to Ballybrown and good luck in your next match.


Aoife Gormley, Sixth class


School note April 4th. 2014



Dear parents,

                     Yesterday was a significant day in the school calendar as 71 boys and girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Leahy in St. Joseph’s Church. Preparations have been in full swing for many weeks. Events such as Confirmation are a team effort and  I am extremely grateful to all the class teachers involved, Mr. Lordan, Mr Hodnett and Mrs Mulroe as well as Mr. Curtin who has left the school recently. Ms. Day has done superb work with the Choir and all the children have been wonderful. Thanks to the school’s Parents Association who provided refreshments. Well done to all concerned.

                 This week the City Cumann na mBunscol leagues began and Ballybrown NS got off to a winning start in both hurling and camogie.

Please note that school will close for Easter on Friday April 11th. at 12.30 p.m. and reopen on Monday April 28th

School will be closed on Friday May 23rd as the school is used as a polling station for the local elections.

Ballybrown GAA Juvenile Club Easter Hurling Camp:  23rd, 24th & 25th April 2014 from 10:30am to 13:30pm (5yrs to 13yrs only)

€30 x 1 Child / €50 x 2 Children / An additional €10 per child thereafter. Contact :  Secretary on 089-4975640

(Booking recommended by 12th April to ensure that each child will receive the correct camp T-shirt size).

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES: We would like to say well done to all that competed in the Limerick Community Games Talent Competitions recently. Well done to Aoife O’Connor in 5th Class who will go onto represent Ballybrown in the All Ireland Finals later in the summer.     

Solo Recitation U11- Grace Noone -4th : Solo Recitation U12 – Maeve Curtin – 4th Group Drama/Comedy U12 – Aoife Gorman, Roisin Musgrave, Cathlin Lee, Eoin Kelly, Sarah-Jane Mulqueen – 4th  Group Modern Dance U12 – Sarah Garvey, Blaithin Musgrave, Lauren Keyes - 4th  Group Modern Dance U14 – Laura Nelson, Lauren Fitzpatrick - 2nd

Group Singing U14 – Emma-Kate Quinn, Oran Curran -2nd  Solo Singing U14 – Emma-Kate Quinn - 1st & Oran Curran - 3rd   Solo Modern Dance U14 – Aoife O’Connor – 1st & Cathlin Lee – 2nd

Community Games Rounders/Throwball:Training for Rounders and Throwball (like rounders) will take place on Saturdays in the school field at 5:30pm and also in Breska Rovers after school on Mondays. All are welcome

Gach dea ghuí,